Race fans can celebrate Homecoming - NASCAR Style - at the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America on Saturday night when drivers and teams return to their home track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, for the first time in five months.

As part of the homecoming celebration, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials announced today that Lindsey Forbes has been selected as the first-ever NASCAR Banking 500 Homecoming Queen courtesy of a fan vote. Through a promotion with Charlotte radio station, 96.9 The Kat, fans were able to vote through an online contest to select the grand prize winner.

Forbes, a 22-year-old resident of Mooresville, N.C., and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will receive a VIP race package and be introduced during pre-race ceremonies with a sash and tiara alongside NASCAR Banking 500 Homecoming King Richard Petty.

"I grew up coming to the races with my family and LMS has always been my favorite track," said Forbes. "I haven't missed a Cup race at Charlotte since I was 15. It will be awesome to hear those engines roar Saturday night and represent the track as Homecoming Queen.

"My favorite driver is Jamie McMurray who won his first race at Charlotte. He's had a tough year but maybe my good luck will help him turn it around this weekend."

Fans will celebrate Homecoming - NASCAR Style - with many more activities throughout race day including the following:

Eric Church Homecoming Concert

Country music star Eric Church will return to his home state to perform a concert outside of the Turn 2 Diamond Tower Terrace Saturday afternoon prior to the NASCAR Banking 500. Church, a native of Granite Falls, N.C., and an Appalachian State University graduate, grew up coming to races at Charlotte Motor Speedway with his father and talks about his love for NASCAR in his current top-10 single, "Love Your Love the Most." Admission to the concert is free with the purchase of a NASCAR Banking 500 ticket.

High School Cheerleaders

Local cheerleaders from East and West Mecklenburg High Schools, Butler and Hopewell High Schools and the Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology will greet fans at primary entry gates around Charlotte Motor Speedway and participate in pre-race ceremonies. 

Marching Bands

The Blue and Gold Marching Machine from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro will perform the national anthem prior to the NASCAR Banking 500. Formed in 1918, the band is 180 members strong and also has a dance/twirl team, the Golden Delight. In addition to North Carolina A&T, East Rowan High School's marching band will perform at The Avenue of Flags at the speedway's main entrance from 2 - 4 p.m. Saturday.

Sam Bass Program Cover

Renowned motorsports artist Sam Bass has prepared a cover for the NASCAR Banking 500 souvenir program that encapsulates the Homecoming - NASCAR style theme. The painting entitled, "The Homecoming Game," captures the intensity of a gridiron-style face-off at the 50-yard line as top competitors prepare for NASCAR's version of an October homecoming during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The drivers form a tunnel through which the cars must pass in order to reach their destination, the Charlotte Motor Speedway finish line. Bass has created the cover artwork for each Charlotte Motor Speedway race week souvenir program since May 1985.

Several affordable ticket packages are still available for Saturday night's NASCAR Banking 500. Individual tickets start at just $49 and frontstrech tickets are available for $69. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.